In a time of cookie-cutter wannabes, Pink happily redefines what it means to be a pop artist.

In a time of cookie-cutter wannabes, Pink happily redefines what it means to be a pop artist. By bucking convention on her second album, "Missundaztood," Pink (and thus, her label) discovered that there were millions of others like her—millions who were also tired of the tried and true. With "Try This," Pink continues to do things her way. Along the way, she draws soul-searching, rock-chick inspiration from Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar and Exene Cervenka. Helping Pink with her winning sound are such songwriters and producers as Linda Perry (who assisted on "Missundaztood"), Rancid's Tim Armstrong and electro-rock queen Peaches. Highlights are plentiful; they include "Last to Know," "Tonight's the Night," "Waiting for Love" and "Unwind." A beautiful love song, "Catch Me While I'm Sleeping," sounds like a long-lost Prince track with Love Unlimited on backing vocals.—MP

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